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Montreal Window Condensation Tips

May 16th, 2013

Montreal Water Condensation Tips

Have you ever noticed that your windows accumulate condensation during the winter? You are not alone, as the majority of Montrealer’s experience the problem. Think of a hot summers day and pulling out a cold drink out of the fridge, condensation build up on your glass. Window condensation occurs in winter because there is an excess of humidity in your home from heat. Heat normally travels to the coldest areas of your home, most likely your windows, which causes condensation.

Window condensation creates the perfect opportunity for water damages around your windows and can potentially cause harmful molds. There are many things home owners can do in order to prevent and treat window condensation in Montreal. As professional Montreal home inspectors, YG Home Inspection Services recommends the following tips on how to prevent and control condensation on windows.

Wipe down your window

Wiping down your windows is a simple strategy you can perform to get rid of window condensation. Although it is not a correct the problem itself, it is a quick fix to prevent water damage and mold.

Use a dryer

Hanging your clothes to dry inside your home significantly emits moisture in your home. If possible, use a dryer to dry your clothes during the winter.

Opening your window

Opening your windows slightly enables proper ventilation and air exchange. The only drawback is that it may increase your heating bill.

Exhaust fans

The use of exhaust fans are important, especially when taking those hot showers in the bathroom. Extracting moisture to the outdoors drastically helps reduce the chances of mold developing in your bathroom. We typically recommend leaving on the exhaust fan for another 10 minutes after your shower.

Purchase a humidifier

Purchasing a humidifier can help reduce the issue of window condensation. Its job is to control the moisture levels inside your home.

Install better insulated windows

Installing better quality windows can help prevent window condensation. For example, a triple pane window is more likely to prevent condensation than a double pane window.

Install a Heat Recovery Ventilator

Another possible solution is to install a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HVR). An HVR is a device that pulls out stale/moist air out of your home and brings in fresh air from outside. HVR’s can be expensive but it’s worth getting if you can afford one.

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How Much Does A Montreal Home Inspection Cost?

April 3rd, 2013

How Much Does A Montreal Home Inspection Cost?
A Montreal home inspection is highly recommended by YG Home Inspection Services, whether it would be a house, condo, or multiplex. A home inspector detects any problems or issues that your home may have. A certified home inspector thoroughly examines all the major systems in your home inside and out.

So just how much does a Montreal home inspection cost? It really varies depending on the Montreal home inspection company. Some companies charge anywhere from $300 to $700 per home inspection. Since each inspection is unique, prices may vary. They are usually categorized into 3 groups: a condo inspection, house inspection, and a multiplex inspection.

Montreal Condo Inspection

A Montreal condo inspection typically costs less based on the fact that it has less square footage to examine. A condo still has most of the major systems and components as a house does, therefore it’s still recommended to inspect to prevent any surprises in your investment.

Montreal House Inspection

A Montreal house inspection is our most popular type of home inspection. There is usually more square footage than your average condo and the exterior portion of your home needs to be examined as well.

Montreal Multiplex Inspection

A multiplex home, either a duplex or triplex, has all the major systems and components as a house plus more square footage and levels. Obviously this type of Montreal home inspection is quoted the highest.

YG Home Inspection Services

YG Home Inspection Services believes that no one should put a price tag on your family’s personal safety. You may always shop around and try to obtain the cheapest home inspection quotes. However, before you do, you need to ask yourself some questions. Does this company provide you with all the required documents to help you make an informed decision? More importantly, are these home inspection companies certified and qualified? YG Home Inspection Services provides professional Montreal home inspection services that you can trust and rely on.

New Versus Old Homes

March 21st, 2013

Montreal House Inspection

As a homebuyer, it’s a good idea to know what the difference is between a new home and an old home in perspective to its condition. As most of us believe to think, a new home shouldn’t have any issues and an older one may have many. We’ll explain what are the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a new home vs an older one.

Older Homes

-Older homes are established
Houses that have been around for decades tells you something about its structure since it has endured a lot of climate changes here in Montreal. These houses were built to last, especially during our harsh winters.

Older Homes Require More Maintenance
Older homes experience “wear and tear” just like everything else we use. They require much more maintenance and than a newer home.

May Need Replacements
Old air conditioners or heating systems may need to be updated to ensure comfortable environment conditions. Your home’s plumbing system, insulation and ventilation system may have to be replaced if not functioning efficiently.

Newer Homes

Builder’s warranty
By law, the builder must give a warranty on your property’s structure and its components. So if anything goes wrong with your home, make sure you look at your home owner’s warranty before you go repairing it yourself.

Minimal Maintenance
New constructions built to last you a while without having to do any major repairs or replacements.

Energy Efficient
Homes these days are better insulated with dual pane windows, as well as the flooring, walls, and ceiling.

Regulations
Laws and regulations on new construction have changed and will continue to do so. Buying a new home will is an advantage because you’ll have  the latest updated regulations for personal safety.

Foundation
Since newer houses haven’t settled in yet, it’s normal for a home to experience some cracks in walls, ceilings, and the foundation.

There are many advantages and disadvantages of owning a home whether it’s new or older. Here in Montreal at YG Home Inspection Services, we conduct a detailed house inspection report to advise you on how you can be informed of the condition of your home. All of our home inspectors are qualified and professionally trained to assess the state of your home.

What Causes Mold In Your Home?

March 3rd, 2013

Mold on Ceiling Montreal Home InspectorMoisture from humid weather and rain can cause mold to grow in your home. Since we get all 4 seasons in Montreal, it’s hard to avoid moisture. Also, homes that are near water are prone to recurring mold issues due to high humidity. This is why it’s important to ensure proper insulation and ventilation systems. YG Home Inspection Services provides certified mold and home inspection services in Montreal. Let’s take a look at other causes in your household that may cause mold to grow.

Leaking Roofs

The roof on your house endures a lot of impact from rain to snow. It’s no wonder why some houses have damages to their roof. It’s not always easy to notice these damages unless you physically inspect the top of your roof and attic space. We recommend getting your roofing inspected regularly by a qualified home inspector. If you notice moisture or mold on your ceiling or attic space, you may have a leaking roof.

Leaking Pipes

Pipes within your home can cause water leaks and eventually mold damage. It may not always noticeable, especially if these leaking pipes are within your walls. Our house inspectors are trained to verify water damage and any potential problems that may arise.

Condensation

Condensation happens when surfaces like your window sills, metal pipes, and walls are too cold ie. winter time. This moisture caused from condensation will cause mold to appear in no time. YG Home Inspection Services also offers mold testing for your home or the home you are about to purchase.

Flooding

Flooding from heavy rainfall, improper house grading, or ineffective sewage systems will cause water damage and mold in your home. Mold creates dangerous toxins that are detrimental to your well being. Although we do not provide mold removal services, we do conduct mold inspections via a thermographic survey.

Improper ventilation

The ventilation systems in your kitchen and bathrooms should not be ignored. If you notice moisture damage to your walls or ceiling in these areas, your ventilation system may be compromised.

YG Home Inspection Services are certified home inspectors that inspect houses and condos in the Greater Montreal area. To ensure a safe home for you and your family, contact us for a mold inspection or home inspection.